Corporate governance and shareholders engagement conference: the new normal
- George Stansfield, General Secretary of the AXA Group
- Robert Ophèle, President of AMF
Round table 1: Forms of corporate control.
Is it possible to talk about strong majority shareholders and weak minority shareholders in France and in continental Europe more globally? To what extent has the Florange law been able to increase this phenomenon? What are the positive and negative effects of these types of capital structures? To what extent does this configuration change the shareholder activism of investment funds and pension funds? To what extent does the introduction of the broader social purpose change the situation in terms of shareholder engagement? What about the latest statements made in the United States on the obsolescence of the pro shareholder model?
- Laurence Parisot, President of Citigroup (TBC)
- Thomas Bourveau, Assistant Professor at Columbia University
- Olivier Fortesa, Managing Partner at Amber Capital
Round table 2: Shareholder collaboration:
Increasingly, the insider-shareholder dynamic seems to be collaborative, not competitive, but do French CEOs agree on this? Collaboration seemed to originate in the venture capital context and then moved on in other sectors. Research papers (Fisch, Sepe) have shown that we now see an expansion of collaboration into public companies; corporations today face partial information costs that, for many firms, have grown costlier than agency costs. collaboration promotes the production and aggregation of the partial information of insiders and shareholders, adding value that is lost under unilateral decision-making by either the board or the shareholders. What is the future of shareholder activism from this perspective?
- Michel Albouy, Professor at the University of Grenoble
- Angus Milne, Director Risk & Compliance at TCI
- Paola Perotti, CEO at GO Investment Partners
Round table 3:The rise of green activism.
Environmental activism is on the rise: with pension funds getting more active and some activist funds incorporating a sustainability agenda, the potential impact of shareholders over non-financial concerns is a rather newly acknowledged phenomenon. Yet, this illustrates how shareholder activism may contribute to the defining of a long-term value-creating strategy for companies and suggests that their influence on governance issues is far from being limited to short-term financial performance. The fact that hedge funds (such as ValueAct Capital, with the recent creation of ValueAct Spring fund, or other funds such as BlackRock, who has a special offer for clients willing to invest in socially and environmentally responsible companies), environmental activism is no longer a marginal aspect of shareholder activism. How can we explain such a growing importance of environmental shareholder activism? How will ESG risks and sustainability concerns predictably impact the governance of French and European companies in the near future?
- Alexis Masse, Strategic advisor at GRDF and President of the responsible investment forum
- Edouard Dubois, Director at Blackrock
- Pierre-Yves Gauthier, Founder of AlphaValue
- Cedric Laverie, Head of France Governance Research at ISS (Institutional Shareholder Services)
The conference is organized by Droit & Croissance / Rules for Growth
with the the support of